Yet another stroke for the stricken: All tourism promotion activities halted
Srinagar, Mar 15: In wake of coronavirus pandemic, the J&K tourism department has put all the promotional activities on halt in Kashmir.
was already on a significant decline due to long haul of shutdowns last year.
So far 2020,
however, the onslaught of coronavirus has further impacted the chances of peak
tourist season in the valley.
A senior official
of Tourism Department, Kashmir said the five roadshows scheduled in March and
April have been postponed due to coronavirus.
“These shows were
aimed to improve the tourist inflow by making the travel trade fraternity of
the neighboring states aware about the scope of tourism in Kashmir. The tourist
operators from the valley were supposed to meet the operators across the
country and sign a memorandum of understanding with them,” he said.
However, he said,
the coronavirus scare has hit the possibility of any such promotional activity.
industry will take long to recover from this as it already incurred huge losses
last year. And now the threat of coronavirus comes as the last straw,” the
Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Wani said the postponement of events has taken place in
accordance with the government orders.
precautionary measure against the spread of virus, the administration has
recommended that large gathering be postponed. This includes all forms of
events, conferences and conventions,” Wani said.
positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kashmir, health officials
said all hospitals should ensure their staff is trained and well-prepared to
deal with the virus.
has been issuing advisories to inform people of the precautionary measures and
symptoms associated with coronavirus.
trained staff has been placed for screenings at the Srinagar Airport and
National Highway Jammu and Kashmir, an isolation center was created at Sanat
Nagar, so that the suspected cases are directly taken there instead of tertiary